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ICC launches amended playing conditions

Cricket’s traditional red cherry may soon be history. In a decision intended to boost the flagging popularity of the five-day game, the International Cricket Council on Monday gave its nod to day-night Test matches, leaving it to interested parties to choose the type of ball to be used.

The world body’s decision to okay proposals made by its own cricket committee in London in May could prompt a move away from the red ball, which is not clearly visible under lights. Day-night one-dayers and T20 Internationals are played with a white ball, while research on finding a suitable ball colour for day-night Tests has yielded mixed results.

The ICC has, therefore, left it to teams that choose to play bilateral day-night Test matches to go with any ball colour they can agree on. “Participating countries may agree to play day/night Test matches. The home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day while the two boards will also decide on the precise brand, type and colour of ball to be used for the match,” the ICC said in a statement.

The introduction of day-night Tests headlined a slew of other revisions to playing conditions for Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals to be effective immediately, beginning with the start of the Sri Lanka-New Zealand series on Tuesday.

The new regulations include allowing two bouncers per over in ODIs and changes to the Decision Review System (DRS). Powerplays in one-dayers have also been altered, with two blocks instead of three. Lunch and tea intervals for Tests, which are of 40 and 20 minutes duration respectively, may now be altered to 30 minutes each based on ICC approval, while the third umpire has been asked to check for a no-ball immediately after every dismissal and also been given the authority to advise the on-field umpire to recall a batsman if a delivery is deemed unfair.

The first Powerplay in ODIs will continue to be restricted to the first 10 overs, with only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. The second five-over batting Powerplay will have to be completed by the 40th over, with three fielders allowed outside the circle.

Changes in the Eliminator in T20 Internationals, which is played out in case of a tie, include allowing the fielding side to choose from which end to bowl, and only allowing nominated players to participate.

The new playing regulations: The ICC announced changes to the playing conditions for all three formats, effective immediately with the SL-NZ T20 International on Tuesday….

Day-Night Tests: Teams can play day-night Tests provided they can agree on the brand, type and colour of the ball to be used.

Powerplays: There will be two blocks of ODI Powerplays instead of three. The first will be restricted to the first 10 overs with only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. The second 5-over Batting Powerplay will have to be completed by the 40th over, with only three fielders to be allowed outside the fielding restriction area at the time of delivery. In non-Powerplay overs, no more than four fielders will be permitted outside the 30-yard circle.

Short-pitched deliveries: Bowler has allowed two short-pitched deliveries per over in ODIs.

LBW law amendment regarding DRS: If a ‘not out’ decision is being reviewed, in order to report that the point of impact is between wicket and wicket (i.e. in line with the stumps), the evidence provided by technology should show that the centre of the ball at the moment of interception is in line within an area demarcated by a line drawn below the lower edge of the bails and down the middle of the outer stumps.

If an ‘out’ decision is being reviewed, in order to report that the point of impact is not between wicket and wicket (i.e. outside the line of the stumps), the evidence provided by technology should show that no part of the ball at the moment of interception is between wicket and wicket.

Third umpire asked to check for no-balls: The third umpire shall immediately check the fairness of a delivery (foot-fault only) following a dismissal. If the delivery was deemed unfair, the third umpire shall advise the on-field umpire to recall the batsman.

Changes in T20 Eliminator: In both innings of one-over per side eliminator, fielding side shall choose from which end to bowl. Only nominated players in main match may participate in the Eliminator. The team fielding first shall have first choice of ball. Dead ball: In a match where Spydercam is being used, either umpire shall call and signal ‘dead ball’, should a ball that has been hit by the batsman make contact while still in play.

Over-rate time allowances: In addition to the available allowances under Clause 16.2 (Minimum Over-Rates), additional allowance of one minute will be given for the fall of each of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth wickets.

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